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Sub­sti­tutes Tom Ince - Looked lively af­ter his in­tro­duc­tion and scored the all-im­por­tant goal. - 7 Lau­rent De­poitre Bat­tled well with the Wat­ford de­fend­ers. 6 Philip Billing Brought en­ergy to the Town team af­ter com­ing on. - 6 HUD­DER­S­FIELD TOWN claimed a vi­tal vic­tory over Wat­ford FC to boost their chances of Premier League sur­vival.

Tom Ince net­ted the all-im­por­tant goal for the Ter­ri­ers in stop­page time, send­ing the Town faith­ful into delir­ium.

Town had dom­i­nated the ma­jor­ity of the match in West York­shire, but had failed to break down a re­silient Wat­ford de­fence un­til Ince’s late strike – which made the cel­e­bra­tions even more wild on a warm af­ter­noon in Hud­der­s­field.

Head coach David Wag­ner made just one change to the side that drew with Brighton and Hove Al­bion at the Amex Sta­dium last week­end, with Collin Quaner given the nod over the even­tual match-win­ner Ince.

And the for­mer Union Ber­lin man started brightly, com­bin­ing well with Florent Hadergjonaj on the right to cause prob­lems for the Wat­ford de­fence.

But it was op­po­site winger Ra­jiv van La Parra who came close to break­ing the dead­lock af­ter 20 min­utes, with his de­flected cross land­ing on the roof of the Wat­ford net with goal­keeper Orestis Karnezis left stranded.

Town took con­trol of the open­ing ex­changes at the John Smith’s Sta­dium, but could not find the goal to put them in front, and the vis­i­tors al­most pun­ished Town through Troy Deeney on the half hour mark – Hadergjonaj com­ing to the hosts’ res­cue with a vi­tal block.

The only other real chance in the first half fell to Wat­ford mid­fielder Ab­doulaye Doucoure, – who net­ted against Town ear­lier in the sea­son.

This time his ef­fort from dis­tance was straight at Jonas Lossl, mean­ing the teams headed into the break level, de­spite Town hav­ing the bet­ter of the first pe­riod.

The sec­ond half was equally as tight, with nei­ther side hav­ing a clear op­por­tu­nity on goal.

The John Smith’s Sta­dium did erupt with 20 min­utes to go as Alex Pritchard went down in the area un­der a chal­lenge from Se­bas­tian Prodl, but ref­eree Craig Paw­son booked the cre­ative mid­fielder for sim­u­la­tion.

And the Ter­ri­ers were claim­ing

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